PUC Gary Hanson

Hanson Will Again Serve as PUC Chairman

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has re-elected Gary Hanson as its chairman. The vote was held among the panel’s three commissioners – Hanson, Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen – at the commission’s meeting on Tuesday. Nelson was elected as vice chairman. Hanson is serving his second six-year term on...
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ND Smoking Ban Boosts Tobacco Control Grades/SD Grade Unchanged

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The passage by North Dakota voters last November of a comprehensive indoor smoking ban has boosted the state’s grades in an annual tobacco “report card” from the American Lung Association. North Dakota got two A grades – for smoke-free air and for funding tobacco control and prevention programs above the...
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Larry Zimmerman

Zimmerman Confirmed as Head of SD Veteran Affairs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Larry Zimmerman as the state’s first secretary of Veterans Affairs. Zimmerman was previously the state command sergeant major in the South Dakota Army National Guard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard named Zimmerman as secretary of Veterans Affairs in late 2011, but he did...
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Requests For Concealed Carry Permits Up in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Secretary of State Jason Gant says he has seen a “significant increase” in the number of requests for permits to carry a concealed weapon in recent months. Gant says more than 3,000 concealed pistol permits have been requested in the first 11 days of 2013.This far outpaces 2012′s...
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